The Agriculture industry has the highest rate of workers compensation claims of any industry in Australia. If you are injured while working you may be able to claim accident compensation.
Agricultural and Farming Injury Compensation
Accident compensation is awarded to cover lost earnings, medical costs and personal injury and its consequences.
Workers in the agricultural industry are more at risk because of the nature of their work, which includes using heavy machinery, working with unpredictable animals and the distance their workplaces are from medical help.
Types of accidents in the agricultural industry include:
- Accidents involving farm vehicles and machinery
- Falls from a height on a farm
- Injuries caused by falling objects
- Injuries and illnesses caused by chemicals and other hazardous substances
- Accidents involving silos, slurry stores or pits
- Illnesses caused by high levels of noise
- Illnesses caused by exposure to dust
- Dangerous livestock
Making a workers compensation claim
There are strict time limits for making a workers compensation claim. It is important not to delay lodging your claim or seeking legal advice. It is best to get assistance from a lawyer for your workers compensation claim.
Shine Lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis for all workers compensation claims. Learn more about how we'll handle your case with our step-by-step guide to compensation claims below.
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How compensation is calculated
The amount of compensation you receive depends on several factors.
Once a lawyer knows your specific situation they should be able to give you a good indication of what you may be able to claim for.
Compensation depends on the circumstances of your accident and the seriousness of your injuries. It can include payments for things such as:
- Post and future loss of wages
- Medical and associated expenses
- Travelling expenses, and
- Return to work services
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, other forms of compensation may be available:
- Impairment benefit claim - If your workplace accident has left you with a permanent impairment or illness, you may be entitled to an additional lump sum payment.
- Common law damages - Common law damages are available where your accident was caused by your employer or a colleague, and your injuries meet the legal definition of 'serious'. Damages are awarded in a lump sum to cover pain, suffering and financial loss.
One of Shine's expert lawyers will be able to assess the circumstances of your case, and let you know which benefits you're entitled to claim.